So I shot a coyote in the chest with my .357 Slayer yesterday. Evidentally I didn't hit the CNS or heart as it took off running. I did hit it square because it flopped on the ground real quick and rolled around a couple times before it darted off. I also heard a loud THWACK! I of course tried to tag it with a couple follow up shots while it was running away, but it was running way too fast. I tracked it for a little bit but lost it. I'm sure it died soon after as the hit was square in the chest. I had stopped it with a bark about 10ft from the call and shot it while it was still. The crosshairs were dead on the center mass/chest when I let it rip, and my zero is VERY true.
So, basically I'm wondering if there are any better bullets I could be using. With the speeds it's going(960-980fps ish) I'm thinking a reactive/expanding bullet is not going to be realistic. I'm using a 135gr lead round nose flat tip from a NOE mould, sized to .358. I chrono'd it in the 960fps-980fps range.
So has anyone else found a round that performs real well with this rifle? Also, I'm no idiot. I've been hunting seriously for over 20yrs and know quick kills are greatly improved by shot placement, shot placement, SHOT PLACEMENT.
That being said, I was thinking it would be nice to have a bullet with a large hollow point. Obviously penetration isn't much of a problem. It's energy transfer that's the main issue. Any specific bullets, you guys would recommend? I know there are a ton of .357 bullet options with jacketed bullets but am not sure about straight lead. It would be sweet if it'd be possible to run copper jacketed bullets in air rifles. A 124gr Gold Dot or 115gr Hornady FTX, would be the ticket IMO.
I kind of wish they had come out with the .45 first. I'm used to putting coyotes down quick, with one shot using a AR or even my .308 with 110gr Vmax at 3200fps. I have no illusions or unrealistic expectations regarding air rifle's capabilities. It would be nice to be able to drop coyotes with a center mass hit. Again, I know, shot placement, shot placement, shot placement. Maybe I should look at the Extreme .50 or .72